The trend this fall is all about the shag haircut. If you’re looking for a change this season, you might want to consider this 70s hairstyle’s updated look. This cut works well on all hair types for both men and women. If you want a hairstyle to wash and go with minimal styling, the shag is an ideal solution. Here’s everything you need to know about this Rockstar look.

What is the Shag Haircut?

The shag hairstyle is versatile, square-shaped with a soft, tousled feel made famous by various celebrities. It first came on the scene when barber Paul McGregor created the haircut for Jane Fonda to make a bold statement of independence. The shag gives hair a layered texture with choppy ends. It can be worn short or long and with or without bangs. The layers provide fullness to the crown of the head with feathering on the sides. 

The shag style offers plenty of movement and volume while being easy to maintain. It’s ideal for those with curly or wavy hair that can be difficult to tame into other hairstyles. The shag works well on most face shapes. If your face is rounder, you may want to consider contouring to create sharper angles. When getting ready for the day, all you have to do is wash and let dry, and you’re ready to go! 

Different Shag Types

Because of its versatility, the shag is adaptable for different looks. The retro shag creates an edgy rocker vibe with either curtain bangs or a full fringe. Part your hair down the middle or add some waves to perfect the look. A runway shag can give you a high fashion cut to make you feel like a supermodel. The style features shoulder-length hair with a short full fringe.

A sleek shag is perfect for longer haircuts by adding face-framing layers or soft fringe. No matter which shag type you choose, you can have it styled to create a unique look that’s ideal for your face. To find the right shag type for your face and hair, consult your hairstylist. Bring a few inspiration pictures to discuss at your next appointment.

How Has the Shag Been Updated?

The current shag style is less intense in length and shape than the original. Long bobs can have shag elements by including short and long textured sections. Current hair color techniques can be incorporated to add depth, volume, and shine. Another update is how the shag is finished by strategically using styling products to make the look laid back and natural. Refocused feathering creates subtle layers for a softer edge.   

Rock the Shag Look Today

The shag is one of the biggest hair trends of 2020. This super-easy-to-care-for hairstyle is one you’ll want to get for an effortless and chic look. You can wear it messy for a day at the beach (or zooming from home), or polished for a night on the town. Whether your hair is short, long, curly, or straight, you’ll look fabulous with this trending style.

Enjoy your hair!


Rock a new look by booking an appointment at Michael Anthony Salon today!